Monday, December 4, 2006

Day 6 - A Perfect Disney Day

We had such a great day today! I took over 100 photos and they tell much more about what we did and saw than I can. You can see all of today's photos here.

We started out at the Magic Kingdom - and it was not crowded at all for the entire morning. We stopped at some resorts to look at the Christmas decorations and ended our day at Epcot.

We began the day with breakfast at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian resort and had that press pot of Kona coffee that I was looking forward to.

Then we took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom where we rode Aladdin's Magic Carpets and the refurbished Pirates of the Caribbean (with Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow), and all the rides in Fantasyland - including It's a Small World - that we usually skip because the place is normally wall-to-wall strollers - and we are far too mature for those rides anyway, you know.

On our way out of the park we hitched a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and one of the Dapper Dans came along.

We listened to a sax quartet on Main Street - and they even have a bass saxophone - I've never seen one "in person" before! Then we decided to ride the steam train all the way around the park before we left, just for the heck of it. I don't think we've ever had a better day with lighter crowds than this at the Magic Kingdom.

On our way back to the Poly to get our car we got off the monorail at the Contemporary to see their decorations and browse in the shops on the Grand Concourse for a while.

Then we drove over to the Yacht Club and parked there so we could look at the decorations in the lobby before going over to Epcot.

We looked at the gardens in Canada and heard about Christmas traditions there from Papa Noel.

We got a FastPass for Test Track and then headed back to the World Showcase to catch some of the holiday storytellers and performers we hadn't seen yet. We saw the 3 Kings in Mexico and the Dragon Legend acrobats in China, where we also saw the Monkey King.

Moving on to Norway, we listened to Spelmanns Gledje and rode Maelstrom and escaped, just narrowly, from the trolls.

Somewhere along in there we had lunch at the Lotus Blossom Cafe in China and backtracked to Future World to ride on Test Track.

Then we rode a Friendship over to Morocco and walked to France to partake of a wine-tasting and see the movie, Impressions de France. Next we headed toward the American pavilion and decided to have a funnel cake for supper - a real indulgence we will probably regret, but we are at Disney after all - and then browsed around the gift shop while waiting for it to be time for the American Adventure animatronic show to start. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled due to technical difficulties, so at that point we decided to call it a day and head back to Old Key West. There was a Friendship waiting as we exited the International Gateway, so we rode that over to the Boardwalk and got some lattes at an outside kiosk before walking back to the Yacht Club to retrieve our car.

Having a car makes it very easy to move around the property and it's actually not complicated at all to drive around here. Usually Day 6 is the day we fly home from our Walt Disney World vacations, but we still have three full days left before we have to think about that on this trip.

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